Contributor through January 2012
Ruxandra Guidi was the Fronteras reporter at KPBS, covering immigration, border issues and culture. She’s a journalist and producer with experience working in radio, print, and multimedia, and has reported from the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as the U.S.-Mexico border region.
She’s a recipient of Johns Hopkins University’s International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowship, which took her to Haiti for a project about development aid and human rights in 2008. That year, she was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for International Reporting, given to U.S. journalists under 35 years of age.
Previously, she did reporting and production work for the BBC public radio news program, The World. Her stories focused on Latin American politics, human rights, rural communities, immigration, popular culture and music. After earning a Master’s degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley in 2002, she worked for independent radio producers The Kitchen Sisters. In 2003, she moved to Austin, TX, where she did production and reporting work for NPR’s weekly show, Latino USA.
Ruxandra has also produced features and documentaries for the BBC World Service in Spanish, National Public Radio, The Walrus Magazine, Guernica Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, World Vision Report, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Dispatches and Marketplace radio programs. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Ruxandra is now based in San Diego, California.
Latino students are the largest minority group in the Southwest and the fastest-growing nationally. Federal data shows they consistently perform poorly on state tests and have lower graduation rates than whites. This is especially true for a growing population known as: "English Language Learners."
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been under fire for stepped up enforcement and rising deportations.
Latinos' views on immigration policy and the upcoming presidential election will have a big impact on President Obama's chances next year, according to the latest survey from the Pew Hispanic Center.
On Midday Edition, the top stories of 2011, from the Fronteras Desk, from immigration reform to economic changes affecting immigrants already here. We hear from those covering the issues from our Fronteras Desk.
As the English Language Learner population continues to grow in the state, many are calling for an overhaul of the school system.
A new report finds that the number of youths in juvenile hall in San Diego County is on the rise, and made up primarily of Hispanics.
Dr. Raul Ruiz grew up in a trailer park in this poor district in Southern California’s interior.
Despite an increase in the amount of drugs stopped at the border, a government memo concludes that it has not dampened the flow of narcotics into the U.S.
The vast majority of cab drivers in San Diego are new immigrants to this country. Two recent killings highlight their vulnerability and the challenges they face lobbying for safer working conditions.
A new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General concluded that $69 million of taxpayers' money for border fence construction has been wasted.